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For the Children

A children's poetry book by Rita Joe.

Rita Joe, with woodcuts by Burland Murphy

With the young person in mind, these strong, clear and encouraging poems from Rita Joe speak directly to all of us, a testament to her hope for a better world.

Down-to-earth and often humorous, these poems tell stories of Mi'kmaw life, and of the concrete and spiritual world of this determined Eskasoni writer. A world-honoured Mi'kmaw elder and Order of Canada recipient, Rita Joe died in 2007, an unfinished poem in her typewriter.

Illustrated with 11 powerful, tender, natural history woodcuts by Baddeck's Burland Murphy — a respected artist whose work is too rarely seen. (From Cape Breton Books)

Rita Joe died in 2007, at the age of 75.

More about Rita Joe

Devon Paul raps about the disappearance of the Mi'kmaq language in new song inspired by Rita Joe's 'I Lost my Talk' 0:45
The National Arts Centre Orchestra will perform in Winnipeg Thursday night as part of its cross-country Canada 150 tour, bringing to life the words of the Mi'kmaq poet Rita Joe with a massive multimedia performance at the Centennial Concert Hall. 2:04
Recently, some students from Eskasoni performed at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa as part of the Rita Joe Song project, showcasing songs and poetry inspired by the words of poet Rita Joe. They share their experience. (runs 14:23 Jan. 22, 2016) 14:23

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